Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay - 6 bottle case

97 Points YWG
98 Points Ray Jordan
95 Points Wine Spectator
Limited Release
$90.00 per bottle / $540.00 per case
6 bottle case

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Winery: Leeuwin Estate
Region: Margaret River
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2010
Your Wine Guy says:
One of only 2 Chardonnay wines to be listed in the Exceptional category of Langton’s Fine Wine Classification, the other is Giaconda’s Chardonnay.
The 2009 is bright pale straw colour with greenish tinge at the edges. The nose is complex and powerful as always showing intense spicy pear, lime, white peach and grapefruit with
toasted cashew, and spicy oak characters. The palate is rich and powerful with incredible texture that displays intense purity of fruit. Flavours of white peach and pear combine with spicy, nutty, toasted oak that continue on the palate for a very long time.
The Art Series is a stunning wine that can live in the cellar for more than 15 years, if you can keep your hands off it that is.
97 Points YWG Drink to 2025+

This wine will be available for delivery from the 1st of May 2012

Critics say:
“98/100. Is this the best Leeuwin chardonnay yet? It’s certainly the most different. Tighter, leaner and more cussed but with that hallmark of inner core power and intensity that has made it consistently Australia’s best chardonnay. Winemaker says it’s been more a tweak than a re-invention. Whatever, it’s a great wine."
98 Points Ray Jordan, West Weekend
“95 points. Aromatically tight, but expansive and expressive in the mouth, pouring out its pear, green guava and fig flavors in a generous stream, with glints of spice. Comes together smoothly on a deftly balanced frame to let the finish sail on and on. Drink now through 2030.”
95 Points Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

The winemaker says:

A deceptively complex and incredibly youthful nose that features cut pear, fresh quince and lemon blossom. A savoury line is also evident with sesame brittle, cinnamon stick, rice wafer and hints of cornmeal.
On the palate, woven layers of intense white fleshed fruits, diligent oak handling and effortless texture meet seamlessly and are driven by a mineral saline acid spine. Pears, grapefruit and white nectarine are the key fruits of the palate, which is focused with remarkable length and possesses amazing longevity. - Leeuwin Estate
Winery/Label Information:
Leeuwin Estate has sixty-two acres of Chardonnay vines divided into eight distinct parcels. The soil and slopes of the plantings differ in each area and the cultural aspects of the viticulture are tailored to each parcel, therefore varying slightly. Since the 1980 vintage Leeuwin Estate has adhered to vertical training and leaf removal to present the Chardonnay fruit properly to the light. The soil management has remained the same since inception. Variations and deficiencies in the soils of individual blocks have not been completely corrected so that the wines reflect the soil wherever possible.
Each plot is harvested separately and kept separate throughout the winemaking and some of the maturation programme. The wines reflect these differences intimately and unfailingly from the beginning. For example, Block 20, the "Front Gate" Chardonnay, always is the basis and the backbone of the "Art Series" wine. The young wine begins with true varietal power of great delicacy which then actually requires up to 12 months of lees contact in new French Oak in order to draw out the complexity; losing none of that essential balance in the process. Block 21, "Denis' Road", on the other hand, always gives a full, sweet and soft wine requiring less wood maturation in most years and resulting in an obvious "Prelude".

“This outstanding winery and vineyard is owned by the Horgan family, with parents Denis and Tricia at the helm, son Justin as general manager. The Art Series Chardonnay is, in my opinion, Australia's finest example, based on the wines of the last 28 vintages. The decision to move to screwcap in 2004 brought a large smile to the faces of those who understand just how superbly the wine ages, unless sabotaged by sporadic oxidation (caused by cork). The large estate plantings, coupled with strategic purchases of grapes from other growers, provide the base for high-quality Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz; a hugely successful, quick-selling Art Series Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc; and lesser priced wines such as Prelude Chardonnay and Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.” James Halliday Wine Companion

In his Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand, leading wine writer, James Halliday writes "One can only stand in awe of the achievements of Leeuwin Estate and the Horgans in their unrelenting pursuit of excellence…" Following a review of 19 vintages of "Art Series" Chardonnays, Halliday concludes "This is Australia's greatest Chardonnay and one of the great wines of the world". In Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine, Halliday has written: "Leeuwin is a class act, every facet of its business working with the precision of a Swiss watch. It stands at the very forefront of estate-based, family owned wineries, its chardonnay widely regarded as Australia's finest, ranking with the world's best." – Leeuwin Estate
Leeuwin Estate, one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district, consistently produces wines that rank with the worlds finest.
In 1972, following an extensive search for the area most suitable to produce the best varietal wines in Australia, legendary American winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard.
Originally a cattle farm, Leeuwin Estate evolved, under the direction of Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Robert Mondavi acting as consultant and mentor.
A nursery was planted in 1974 and the initial vineyards were deep-ploughed, deep-ripped, emptied of stone, planned, pegged, measured, marked and eventually planted by hand over a five year period from 1975.
Featuring state-of-the art facilities, the winery building was opened in 1978, celebrating with a trial vintage. Leeuwin enjoyed its first commercial vintage in 1979, and was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1980 "Art Series" Chardonnay in an international blind tasting. – Leeuwin Estate
Leeuwin Estate produces Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut and their inimitable flagship Art Series Chardonnay.
Labels include:
Siblings - Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Shiraz
Prelude Vineyards - Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot
Art Series - Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

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